For any team to be successful they need to have an inspirational, committed and hard-working manager or coach to steer them in the right direction and lead them to success. One man who had all these qualities in abundance was former Nottingham Forest manager, Brian Clough OBE, who lead them to one league title and two European Cups during an 18-year spell. With this in mind the ‘Manager/ Coach of the Year’ award at the Nottingham Sports Awards is named in his honour.
This year the award will be backed by accountancy company Mazars who offer financial planning and advisory services to companies in a whole host of areas. With a team of specialists, Mazars has worked in over 80 countries with one of their offices based in Nottingham.
Alistair Wesson is the Office Managing Partner at Mazars and he discussed why they chose to sponsor this particular category. He said:
“It is great for us to be a part of region that is pushing for positive growth and development for the future of sport in Nottingham. And, we are delighted that, for yet another year we have been given the opportunity to sponsor this specific category. Through his 18 years at Nottingham Forest, Brian Clough OBE worked with the team to achieve great results and encompassed all that is good about true sporting achievements, this period proved to be the most successful one of his career, and as such brought him the status of a being a ‘sporting legend’.”
With two professional football teams, a nationwide renowned ice hockey team and an international cricket stadium, Nottingham is home to a diverse range of sports. Alistair emphasised how sporting events boost the profile of the city.
He said: “Nottingham is home to a number of great sporting events, academies, clubs and different activities year on year. 2018 so far has brought in publicity, awareness, and coverage over a range of events from the Nottingham Open, One Day International at Trent Bridge Cricket ground and Nottingham Forest and Notts County football matches.”
He continued: “Nottingham also has a number of funding channels available for community clubs, athletes and schools, which assist in raising the profile for their area of expertise. We see great work being done by local clubs to bring through talent and help take them to the top of their game while keeping their roots and building on Nottingham’s network of sporting stars.
Sponsoring these awards is not the only thing that Mazars do to contribute to the ever-growing success of the local sporting community, Alistair explained how they do this. He said: “Locally, Mazars encourages staff to be involved in a number of sporting activities in general for the obvious health and well-being impacts. We have initiatives for staff, socials and networking events which circle the sporting community. Mazars in Nottingham are also involved in sponsorship for local clubs and support with corporate hospitality at different games / matches and events across a range of different sporting activities.”
This year’s Nottingham Post Sports Awards take place on 25 October with nominations now open. Visit http://www.nottinghamsportsawards.co.uk/2017/awards/ to nominate.
For more information on this year’s event get in touch with Devon Coverdale at event organisers Champions (UK) plc by calling 08453 31 30 31 or email firstname.lastname@example.org